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Trump’s Next Move on North Korea, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Dirty Money, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Flight 93 Doctrine, TomDispatch

Europe Should Bolt NATO, Inside Sources

What’s Next with North Korea? The National Interest

Trump’s Assault on Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dictator Dating Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Investment in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Bernies of the World, Unite! Foreign Policy In Focus

World to Refugees: Go to Hell, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Unileaderism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dear White People, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Real Obstacle to Peace between Pyongyang and Washington, Hanyoreh

The Korean Shell Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Disrupters-in-Chief, Foreign Policy In Focus

Playing Trump for Peace, TomDispatch

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Left Behind by Korea’s Success, Boston Review

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Hankyoreh

The Banality of Haspel, Foreign Policy In Focus

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China, Foreign Policy In Focus

With Tillerson Out, Trump Is Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper into the Dark Side, Fortune

Killmonger’s World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead, TomDispatch

Hunting Witches in Washington, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Those Trump-Kim Talks Might Go, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Nobel for Donald Trump over Korea? Hankyoreh

The New New Cold War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Oh, Magog! Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Majoritarian Dream, Foreign Policy In Focus

No Diplomacy for South Korea, Hankyoreh

Russiagate or Deep State? Foreign Policy In Focus

Russiaburger, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dr. Evil’s First Year in Office, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Foreign Policy of Sticks and Stones, Foreign Policy In Focus

Walking Back War in Korea, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump and the Iran Protests, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: The Costs of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Insurrectionists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Eastern Europe Marches Right, Democracy Journal

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism, TomDispatch

When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Division, Hankyoreh

Trump’s New Blame Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Building on the Good News from Asia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering, TomDispatch

The Fall of the House of ISIS, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collaborationists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

The Semtex President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Things Fall Apart, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Germany and the Rise of the “Fascist International,” Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s Time to Deal with North Korea, Newsday

The Rohingya and the Responsibility to Ignore, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party, Foreign Policy In Focus

The President Is a Ponzi, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Racism Heard Round the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Regime Change in Washington? Hankyoreh

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy, TomDispatch

Mulligan in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Anti-Corruption Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

Isolating the Isolated, Hankyoreh

Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s a Bad Jew? Foreign Policy In Focus

A Fairy Tale from 2050, TomDispatch

Trump: Let’s Make a (Good) Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pushing Rewind on 2016, Foreign Policy In Focus

Honoring Otto Warmbier, Hankyoreh

America’s Violent Century, Korean Quarterly

Russia Versus Jobs, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Coming Conflict with Iran, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia’s Not the Country Benefitting the Most from Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can South Korea Help Prevent a U.S. Attack on North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Politics of Paper, Breach the Fourth Wall

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia, TomDispatch

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Apology Tour, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Nixonization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Reinvent the European Left, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Peak at Paper, DC Theatre Scene

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea? Hankyoreh

Worst. 100 Days. Ever., Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hunger President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe, USA Today

New Trump, Old Bottles, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? Hankyoreh

Trump: Invasive Species, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Is from Mars, Foreign Policy In Focus

I Am the Enemy, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cyberhacking of All against All, Hankyoreh

Doubling Down on Dystopia, TomDispatch

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Making America Mediocre Again, Foreign Policy in Focus

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump, OtherWords

A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Shape, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump v. Islam, The Islamic Monthly

Killer Presidents, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Complete the Pacific Pivot? Hankyoreh

Forget America First: It’s America Alone, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Beneficial Contributions Trump Will Make to World Affairs, Foreign Policy in Focus

Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

 

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

 

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

 

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Has Obama Already Forgotten about Asia? Hankyoreh

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater, 38North

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


The Energy of Delusion Podcast

Posted by on Oct 9, 2018 in Articles, Books, Featured, Fiction | 0 comments

The Energy of Delusion Podcast

The Energy of Delusion brings you the latest imaginative writing from John Feffer, author of the Splinterlands series, the thriller Foamers, and numerous works of non-fiction. At the $1 level, The Energy of Delusion brings you the latest installment — in both print and audio versions — of The Third Return, a new thriller that involves two spies, the two Koreas, and the DC intern that connects them all together. For $3 a month, you get a whole podcast package: the chapter plus a print and audio version of a new short story...

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Trump’s Next Move on North Korea

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Trump’s Next Move on North Korea

Donald Trump loves to talk about war. Last year, Trump was ready to invade Venezuela, until calmer heads in his inner circle persuaded him that it wasn’t a good idea. He has recently escalated his threats against Iran, and his secretary of state has explicitly endorsed regime change there. After his meeting with NATO leaders, he even broached the subject of a World War III started by the “very aggressive people” of Montenegro. The current U.S. president is the most bellicose-sounding leader in modern American history. Not that long ago,...

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Trump’s Dirty Money

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Russia and Eastern Europe | 0 comments

Trump’s Dirty Money

Marty Byrde has a problem. His partner at the financial services firm has been skimming off the top of the money-laundering service they’re providing a Mexican narcotrafficker. The drug dealer responds by killing Marty’s partner. He’s just about to put a bullet into Marty as well when, in desperation, the financial planner comes up with a cockamamie idea to move the money-laundering operation from Chicago down to the Ozarks. Bemused by this last-ditch plea, the dealer agrees. But Marty must first pass a test: he has to launder $8 million...

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The Flight 93 Doctrine

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

The Flight 93 Doctrine

As presidencies approach their midpoints, pundits begin the inevitable search for that elusive creature: the doctrine. It’s often a quixotic quest, since presidents rarely boil down their foreign-policy visions — if they even have them — to some pithy essence. Then there’s Donald Trump. Conjuring up the current president’s foreign-policy doctrine is like arguing that the Teletubbies have a theology. After all, this president approaches global affairs the way a teenager with attention-deficit disorder might tackle War and Peace. To...

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Europe Should Bolt NATO

Posted by on Aug 12, 2018 in Articles, Europe, Featured | 0 comments

Europe Should Bolt NATO

Donald Trump hasn’t shown a lot of love lately toward America’s European allies. On his recent trip to Europe, he dismissed Germany as Moscow’s minion and called the European Union a “foe.” He’s also treated NATO as an alliance to be bullied into submission rather than as the premier method of coordinating security policy with friendly nations. He even threatened to pull the United States out of the alliance. It’s tempting to stick up for any victim of Trump’s bullying. But NATO’s strong enough to fight its own battles. It...

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What’s Next with North Korea?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

What’s Next with North Korea?

The Trump administration wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons by 2020 after which it would get sanctions relief. Pyongyang insists on a phased and synchronized approach with incentives and concessions along the way. On paper, these are not entirely incompatible approaches. In reality, however, nuclear weapons occupy too important a place in North Korea’s national security – as deterrent against attack, as bargaining chip, as shortcut to achieving strategic balance on the Korean peninsula – to be given up easily. Meanwhile,...

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Trump’s Assault on Europe

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Articles, Europe, Featured | 0 comments

Trump’s Assault on Europe

Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary statements that have effectively turned U.S. foreign policy upside down. He accused Germany of being “totally controlled by Russia.” He declared that the European Union is a “foe” of the United States. He told British Prime Minister Theresa May that she should forget about negotiating with the EU and sue the...

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The Dictator Dating Game

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Human Rights | 0 comments

The Dictator Dating Game

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Trump’s Investment in North Korea

Posted by on Aug 9, 2018 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 1 comment

Trump’s Investment in North Korea

Donald Trump loves to tell the following story. You go to a bank and borrow $3 million. If you can’t pay it back, you have a problem. But say you go to a bank and borrow $300 million. Then, if you can’t pay it back, both you and the bank have a problem. In other words, the bank has made such a huge investment in you that it can’t let you fail. Your success becomes the bank’s success. Donald Trump has made a similar investment into North Korea. That investment is not monetary. There is no Trump Tower (yet) in Pyongyang. Rather, Trump...

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Bernies of the World, Unite!

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Bernies of the World, Unite!

Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India, and elsewhere. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former Svengali, hopes to inspire a worldwide revolution of nationalism-inflected right-wing extremism. But what about left-wing populists? Bernie Sanders made an epic run at the presidency in 2016 only to fall short. Jeremy Corbyn likewise had a good showing in the last British elections, but he too remains distant from...

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